Coldplay is one of few English rock bands in recent years to receive monumental acclaim both in England and the US simultaneously. Having played sold-out stadium tour dates around the world and sold over 50 million albums worldwide, Coldplay has reached a level of fame that's likely to last for decades to come. Fans have been waiting years for the release of Coldplay's upcoming, as yet untitled album that's set to release this fall. Before the album releases and a promotional concert schedule is announced, fans can catch Coldplay at a handful of international festival tour dates in 2011.
After forming in 1996, releasing three EPs, and going through quite a few name changes, Coldplay broke into the mainstream with their debut album, Parachutes, in 2000. The album went platinum seven times, won a Grammy in 2002, and was largely supported by the single "Yellow." The acclaim was succeeded by numerous high profile, headlining tour dates . Coldplay's following albums, including A Rush of Blood to the Head and Viva la Vida experienced similar success: winning Grammys, going multi-platinum, and placing at the top of the charts.
After three years of recording, Coldplay will soon be ready to release their next smash record. Fans are excited about the album's release, as well as upcoming summer and fall tour dates in 2011. Festival highlights from the concert schedule include Splendour in the Grass, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Rock In Rio. Coldplay's final tour dates in 2011 will be supporting the Parlotones in South Africa in early October, but more dates might be added to the concert schedule.
Shawn Corey Carter -- better known as rapper Jay Z -- has built a hip hop empire through hit albums, elaborate tour dates, and producing. The winner of 13 Grammy Awards has been a mentor to rappers like Kanye West, as well as a husband and collaborator to superstar Beyoncé. With all the music he's making lately, Jay Z fans can be sure it will be an experience to remember.
Jay Z's years as a teenager were spent going rap battling with LL Cool J, selling crack, and performing as a hype man for Big Daddy Kane. In 1995, he co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records and achieved mainstream success with his 1998 album, Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life. The album went five times platinum, won a Grammy for Best Rap Album, and led to tour dates in front of screaming fans. Jay Z scored another hit with his 2003 The Black Album, which was followed by a Madison Square Garden tour date with a dozen or so guest stars. He made headlines in 2008 when he became the controversial headliner for the rock oriented Glastonbury Festival, but put all criticisms to rest with a hugely applauded performance.
Jay Z connected with a whole new generation of hip hop fans when he collaborated with Kanye West on the hugely successful album, Watch the Throne. His career was soaring when he created another very successful first: his and Beyonce's first child together, Blue Ivy Carter. His more mature, paternal style was mixed into the album Magna Carta...Holy Grail, which retained his signature technique while ensuring his status as a modern success.